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Student and Alumni Stories

Esther Arthur, MSAG ’19

Staff Geologist, Langan Engineering and Environmental Services

Learn how Esther’s capstone research applies geological engineering techniques to a real-world environmental crisis.
 Jack is a Senior Consultant at FTI Consulting
Jack Breiner, MSAG ’18

Senior Consultant, FTI Consulting

Learn how Jack, a full-time geologist for an environmental consulting firm, keeps up with his career while earning his graduate degree.
Erica DePalma, MSAG ’20

Academic Research Coordinator, The Water Center at Penn

Learn how Erica's hydrology research led to opportunities to explore local and global water solutions.
Hope Elliott, MSAG ’20
See how Hope designed her own concentration in environmental chemistry to gain both analytical and practical experience as she prepares for her PhD.
Pau Garza, MSAG ’13

Environmental consultant

Experience hands-on learning in the MSAG program through Pau, whose research in stormwater management brought him all over the world.
Selena (Oleck) Higgins, MSAG ’15

PG Project Geologist, GEI Consultants, Inc.

Learn more about the resources Penn and the MSAG program provide through Selena, a working geologist for an environmental consulting firm.
Robert Kostynick, MSAG ’21
Robert Kostynick, MSAG ’21

PhD candidate, Washington University in St Louis

Discover how Robert customized his concentration to better understand the behavior of debris flows—and prepare for a PhD.
Mark Lotto, MSAG ’16

Product Cost Engineer, GE Renewable Energy

Hear how Mark, a Lieutenant and EOD Officer in the US Navy Reserve, brings his military background to the field and makes an impact around the globe.
Mike Sharer, MSAG ’20

Environmental Scientist II, Arcadis

See how the MSAG program’s flexible curriculum and schedule enabled Mike to launch his environmental consulting career.
Emma Tardiff, MSAG ’20

Staff Geologist, Roux Associates

Discover how Emma made the most of alumni connections and career fairs to secure a full-time position at an environmental consulting firm.
Qin Zhang, MSAG ’17

PhD candidate, University of Calgary

Discover Qin’s perspective as a full-time student in the program, and how she connected with faculty for research opportunities.

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